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SM, McDonald's team up for new family fun experiences and the #NationalThankYouDay celebration

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The month of November brings to the whole family new and delightful happenings as SM Supermalls partners with McDonald's inviting everyone to experience the world through the SM McDonald's Caravan in select malls, and the National Thank You Day celebration - announced in the recent media launch at SM Megamall.
On the weekends of November, kids and their families can have fun with the exciting array of activities and games in participating SM malls. Mall goers can enjoy booths like Slide N' Climb, Card Making Central, and Hugs N' Kisses among others. Customers can also sign up for McDonald's Stripes Run, avail discounts in booking McCelebrations, and get amazing deals at the Toy Bazaar.
The #NationalThankYouDay McDonald's Caravan will tour at SM Megamall and SM City Fairview on November 11 to 12; SM Southmall and SM Mall of Asia on November 18 to 19; and it will culminate at the SM National Thank You Family Fun Day at SM Mall of Asia on November 26.
As a deligh…

Rekindle The Romance: Secrets To A Long-Lasting Relationship

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HOW I MET MY HUSBAND
Twelve years ago, I could still remember everything as if it was yesterday. I was on my way to school that rainy afternoon in September 2005. I was in a hurry. I was late for class. I was always late. For some reason, I could never be early. I had house chores, I was the first child but I was a good student. Although our high school was just a few distance away from home, our classroom was located at the mountain site. Once you enter the school gate, you still have to take the stairs that lead to the extension classrooms for the third year and fourth-year students. It started to rain hard when I arrived at the bottom of the stairs. I was thinking of going back because the steps look slippery to climb when someone at the back called for me. I turned around, then I saw HIM. He was standing there, already half-soaked up. He gestured if I could share my umbrella. I nodded. He smiled and ran towards my direction. My umbrella was quite small but it was the only umbrella…

Money Making & Budgeting Tips For Young Parents

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Four years ago, my husband and I decided to move out of my parents' home and tried to make our own. I knew it wouldn't be easy since we were both young, only 23, had two kids ages 3 and 5, and we both don't have a stable job then. Since we no longer wanted to be a burden to my parents, we just did it. My husband was working as a driver while I work as a home-based freelance writer. We rented a small apartment and tried to make ends meet. We did all the necessary pagtitipid. I wasabout to go back to college then. I needed to earn my diploma so I could land a stable job and be able to give my kids a better future. I enrolled at the community college. I transferred my son to a public school. I didn't hire a nanny, a maid. I did all the house chores, laundry, everything and I saved a fortune. It was possible for me since I knew how to manage my time wisely, and my classes were very convenient. It starts at 4 pm and ends at 8 pm, thus I was able to work things out. Husband…

The Pros & Cons Of Saving Thru A Piggy bank, Passbook & Debit card

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It was the year 1995 when I started earning a portion of my daily baon. I was seven, in grade two and had fifteen pesos a day to spent. Ten pesos in the morning, five pesos in the afternoon. I couldn't remember why I decided to deprive myself of my entire baon but I remember exactly HOW I was able to earn. My Php15.00 can go a long way in 1995. It could buy me a sandwich, pancake, pineapple juice and some hard candies. Instead of splurging my baon, I kept it. I saved it all. To be able to have a meal during recess, I take some pandesal from breakfast or carrots. Back then, mother usually buys a carrot (it doesn't cost much in the 90s) for dinner, I ask some and grate it in the morning, pack it and eat it for recess. My teacher was so proud of me when she saw me eating fresh carrots one day. A month later, I was able to earn more or less one hundred pesos from my carrot diet. Mother was so proud of me when she learned about it. Later, she asked if she could borrow it for pamal…

3 Steps To Solve Your Financial Problem

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Financial problem is the most common problem among employees. I consider myself as an employee although I work at home as a freelance writer. I have a boss, my editor, and co-workers, my co-writers. I work in the comfort of my home yet I have a spot designated for my workspace. I earn a minimum of 148.29/day or I could double it to 296.58 pesos. I could earn as much as 7,711.08/month. On the other hand, my husband earns a minimum of 300 pesos up to 500 pesos a day. Let's say he earns a minimum of 300 pesos a day, he earns 9,000/month. When we combine our earnings, we have 16,711.08 to spend for our basic needs. How do we solve our financial problem based on our monthly earnings? 
Financial planning solution:
#1 Avoid overspending.
The first step in any financial solution is not to overspend. Sometimes, I tend to overspend our budget when doing groceries. I buy a jar instead of a pack, a kilo instead of a half. I should stick to our grocery list. The budget bundle sold at the groc…

SM Celebrates Kids' Month in 64 Malls Nationwide

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SM Kids' Month 2017. With Bae-by Baste as Shopmag's adorable October cover boy, SM Supermalls unwraps new and exciting happenings in 64 malls nationwide with the launch of SM Kids' Month. Apart from kiddie treats and big discounts on kids' toys, clothes, and shoes, this season packs three fun-filled celebrations especially designed for our beloved kids - SM's first Super Kids Day on October 1,  United Nations Day, and the well-loved Halloween. (Photo courtesy of SM Shopmag)
SM Celebrates Kids' Month in 64 Malls Nationwide
SM Supermalls unboxes new happenings for kids and kids at heart this October with the launch of Kids' Month in 64 malls nationwide. At a media launch titled SM Super Kids Day held last October 1 held at SM City Fairview, the retail giant announced a season packed with fun-filled celebrations especially designed for kids like United Nations Day and the well-loved Halloween.
A fun and exciting field day where kids and the whole fami…

Make Gift Giving Hassle-Free with GC Regalo!

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As much as I love receiving gifts from family and friends, I also love giving away gifts to them. I get excited when I think of how they would react when they finally unwrap my precious gift. They would either laugh, cry, smile or tease me for it. In the end, I get that loving feeling when they appreciate my gift. I don't say I am a gift guru myself, besides we don't have GIFT GIVING CLASS 101 in college but I still get amused as I watch the salesperson wrap my gift in one minute. I say, perhaps over the years I have learned the knack on giving gifts for special occasions like birthdays, anniversary, Christmas and even on ordinary days when you just want to send sweet nothings to someone special. How? Okay, let me spill the beans...
FOOL-PROOF GIFT GIVING IDEAS FOR ALL OCCASIONS:


1) Know their likes or needs
If only we could sneak into Santa's mailbox it would be easier to know what your receiver would like. What does he/she likes for Christmas or for his next bir…

SM Moments Throughout The Years #FamFirstAtSM

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My kids, my family are my top priorities. They are the primary reason why I work extra hard and stay up late at night to earn a bit more. This way, I could provide their growing needs. Their happiness are my happiness and my sacrifices are for their convenience. Pag masaya sila, masaya na rin ako. What makes them really happy is when I finally tell them, "Pupunta tayo sa SM bukas!" You should see the look on their faces, a mixture of surprise and excitement. It's something that I would love to see everyday. Then, my kids would sleep early the night before and wake up early the next day with eagerness. They'd finish their plate, take a bath and wear their best clothes. We'd go to the terminal and wait patiently for the van to leave (which usually takes an hour). How I wish the nearest SM is not 2 hours (utmost) away from us. 
SM Supermalls has always been a part of my summer ever since I had my kids. When summer approaches, I wish I have gcs to spend for them so …

My Mother's Day Story #NationalSuperMomsDay

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I was pregnant with my daughter (my bunso) when I started working as a freelance writer. I was 21 years old back then. I wanted to help my husband in saving money for my labor and hospital expenses. My husband doesn't earn much as a painter for a construction company thus I wanted to help him badly. I never told my client that I was pregnant because I was afraid that she would reject me once she discovered. Nine months later, she was so surprised when I revealed that I gave birth. I wasn't able to finish my remaining tasks and haven't answered her emails for a week. Still she decided to keep me. I continued working a month later. I knew I needed to earn extra cash for my kids' growing needs. I have my two year old son and my baby who constantly needs diaper, vitamins, and milk. It was very challenging and stressful. I work and take care of my kids at the same time. I take care of them in the day, catch some work when they were taking a nap or playing, and working some…

Extended Playtime With OFF! for Kids & OFF! Overtime

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My parents grow a lot of fruit trees at their place. They have banana, jack fruit, guava, atis, avocado, and calamansi. Every weekends we drop them a visit. My son and I look forward to our favorite activity which is calamansi-picking, then we make calamansi juice. My son loves fresh calamansi juice. It's very healthy! However, I worry about letting my son stay outdoors for hours because of dengue-carrying mosquitoes. I was once bitten by an infected mosquito in 2013. I had Chikungunya right after getting bitten by a mosquito. It was my first time to get that viral disease. I had fever for several days. I remember I couldn't get up. My joints were swelling. I had joint pains here and there. My hubby had to carry me when I need to use the bathroom. I couldn't forget that particular experience in my life because it was very alarming.




According to WHO, Chikungunya is a viral disease which is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes...The name originates from a verb in th…